Skip Navigation LinksHome > December 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 4 > Strategies in the Nutritional Management of Gestational Diab...
Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182a8e0e5
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Strategies in the Nutritional Management of Gestational Diabetes

HERNANDEZ, TERI L. PhD, RN*,†,‡; ANDERSON, MOLLY A. MS, RD§; CHARTIER-LOGAN, CATHERINE MPH*; FRIEDMAN, JACOB E. PhD; BARBOUR, LINDA A. MD, MSPH*,¶

Collapse Box

Abstract

Elucidating the optimal macronutrient composition for dietary management of gestational diabetes mellitus has enormous potential to improve perinatal outcomes. Diet therapy may result in significant cost savings if effective in deterring the need for expensive medical management within this growing population. In only 6 randomized controlled trials in 250 women, data suggest that a diet higher in complex carbohydrate and fiber, low in simple sugar, and lower in saturated fat may be effective in blunting postprandial hyperglycemia, preventing worsened insulin resistance and excess fetal growth. The use of diet in gestational diabetes mellitus remains an area in grave need for high-quality randomized controlled trials.

© 2013, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Login

Article Tools

Share

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.